Dimes Restaurant's carob acai bowl with buckwheat granola and banana — Photo courtesy of Nathan Perkel / Dimes Restaurant
This is what makes the "sit down and stay awhile" sensibility at Dimes Restaurant surprising and refreshingly welcome.
Dimes was in another location in Chinatown prior to April 2015, but then it had the opportunity to expand from a micro-eatery to a small cafe on Canal Street.
In the new space, bright blue tables combine with wooden booths that fit together like the work of a three-year-old playing with blocks. Len's "Steal My Sunshine" blares from the kitchen, while the intense New York sunshine is left outside.
Breakfast bowls that are almost too delicious to eat. Almost. — Photo courtesy of Nathan Perkel / Dimes Restaurant
Patrons perch on barstools with açaí bowls in the morning, as if they were being served breakfast by their mothers.
Owners Alissa Wagner and Sabrina DeSousa have created a space that feels as light and airy as an L.A. health food store. Almond milk is made in house, and patrons wear gym attire but complexions that are annoyingly sweat free.
Breakfast during the week is served until the manageable hour of 4 p.m., lest coffee has been the main source of nutrients for the day. It is – almost – never too late to start fresh.
Dimes plates salads that look like works of art — Photo courtesy of Nathan Perkel / Dimes Restaurant
Hipsters nurse mugs of coffee, and breakfast bowls are thickened with chia seeds, açaí berries or dragonfruit. Walnut hemp granola, dates, raspberries, coconut and bee pollen are some of the toppings that lie pillow-like on the light base.
It's bright and refreshing, and the way the spoon hits the bowl is reminiscent of the days when you watched Flintstones like it was going out of style. (And guess what? It did.)
Salads come in bowls, piled high with the stuff you know you should buy more of when you're at the grocery store. Sandwiches and nori wraps have some virtuous toppings, but bacon is on the menu. We don't want to get too crazy with this health food thing.
The brightly lit space beckons you to stay awhile — Photo courtesy of Nathan Perkel / Dimes Restaurant
If you like to confuse the hell out of your liver, you can try one of their cocktails that are part detox and part real-tox. For example, the wheatgrass margarita will give you the essential nutrients for human vibrancy, while providing your recommended daily intake of tequila.
Should you want to walk away from Dimes with more than a full belly, there's the opportunity to buy some merch. A restaurant isn't really a restaurant unless you can buy some organic deodorant on your way out the door, right?
Whether you're a hippie, a skateboarder or someone who wants health food with a side of bacon, Dimes is more than happy to help. It's certainly not a dime a dozen.
(Sorry. We couldn't help that last one.)
Grab some merchandise for the road — Photo courtesy of Nathan Perkel / Dimes Restaurant